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I am the keeper of a fever
that shimmers inside of me.

~ from ‘City of Dots’, Winning Primary Poem
Mim, Year 4, Bundanoon Public School, NSW


Cartwheeling into its eight year, Red Room Poetry Object, is Australasia’s largest free poetry writing competition for students and teachers (Years 3-10). Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting young writers to create, publish and submit poems inspired by special objects. Join hundreds of schools for the journey with free learning resources and over $10,000 in prizes to be won. 


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Poetry Object 2018 Learning Resources

For Poetry Object 2018 we’ve teamed up with the National Museum of Australia, Powerhouse Museum, Art Gallery of NSW and six talented poets from across Australia and New Zealand to develop a dynamic new learning resource with creative and curriculum-aligned activities.

Download the free Poetry Object 2018 Learning Resource (free)

View all Poetry Object 2018 resources (free)


Our Poets

Red Room Poetry commissioned six poets to create new poems about their treasured talismans.

Scotty Wings (VIC), Shastra Deo (QLD), Quinn Eades (VIC), Arjun von Caemmerer (TAS), Yvette Holt (NT), Courtney Sina Meredith (NZ).


Prizes & Judging

Certificates of achievement are awarded to all participants, with prizes awarded for Winning Student Poem (Primary), Winning Student Poem (Secondary), Winning Teacher Poem, and Winning School Installation. Prizes include flights, travel vouchers and poetry packs, valued at over $10,000.

View the full list of exciting prizes

Poetry Object 2018 will be judged by Victorian Premier’s Literary Award winner Bella Li.

What is Bella looking for in your poems?



Poetry Object 2018 will culminate in a digital exhibition over the 2018-2019 school holidays.

Watch the critically-acclaimed animation that was created to exhibit Poetry Object winners in 2017.


Partners and Supporters

Red Room Poetic Learning is proudly supported by the Graeme Wood Foundation, Geoff Ainsworth AM and Johanna Featherstone, Copyright Agency, and generous individuals.

See all supporters and partners

Join us on the journey.